Senate body vows to flush out terrorists from tribal areas, calls for reforms package for FATA

PESHAWAR: A meeting of Senate Standing Committee on defence with Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmed Khan in the chair Monday here expressed the resolve that existence of terrorists would not be tolerated in the tribal areas and highly appreciated the exemplary cooperation between security forces, and tribal people to this effect.

The participants of the meeting vowed to bring the tribesmen in the mainstream of the national development by initiating solid and comprehensive reforms package for FATA.

Chairman Senate Standing Committee on defence, Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, Senator Farhatullah Babar, Senator Ilyas Bilour, Senator Abdul Qayyum, Senator Salahuddin Tirmizi, Senator Attaur Rehman, Senator Hidayatullah Khan, Senator Javed Abbasi,  KP CM, Pervaiz Khattak, Corps Commander, Lt.Gen. Hidayatur Rehman, IGP, Nasir Khan Durrani, Chief Secretary and concerned officials attended the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, the Governor impressed upon the world community to play their due role in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the tribal belt of Pakistan as the tribesmen paid a heavy price for  maintenance of world peace.

The Governor lauded the close liaison between FATA Administration,provincial government and security forces for establishing peace in tribal regions.

The Governor informed the meeting that 400,000 TDPs have returned to their native towns in Fata since the start of the repatriation process in March this year.

The repatriated tribesmen have been provided relief package in a transparent manner.

Poverty, backwardness and lawlessness was not the destiny of the tribal people, the governor said adding, the reform initiatives have been taken to bring them in the national mainstream.

Appreciating the exemplary coordination and cooperation between the security forces and the tribal people, the governor made it clear that presence of terrorists would not be allowed at any cost in the tribal areas come what may.

The Governor said that for the establishment of peace in FATA, a special levy force was being raised adding the future of the tribal areas would be decided as per wishes and aspirations of the tribesmen.

He told the meeting that keeping in view the ground realities, local government system would be introduced in tribal areas.

Shakil Qadir Secretary Law and Order FATA in his briefing informed the meeting regarding reforms initiatives and steps taken by the government to ensure safe return TDPs to their respective areas.

He said that 59 percent of the total TDPs of Khyber Agency have been repatriated to their native areas.

Furthermore, 5781 families of North Waziristan Agency and 4789 families of South Waziristan have returned to their hometowns.

The estimated rehabilitation budget of IDPs is about US $ 870 million.